New Jersey doctor gets probation, house arrest for role in kickback scheme by medical lab

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NEWARK, New Jersey — Federal prosecutors say a northern New Jersey doctor will not have to serve a prison term for accepting more than $200,000 in bribes from a medical lab to send their patients' blood samples to the company.

Claudio Dicovsky was ordered Monday to serve three years' probation, which includes one year of house arrest with electronic monitoring. He also was fined $75,000 and must perform 1,500 hours of community service.

Dicovsky also will forfeit more than $222,000. The 52-year-old Fort Lee resident — who had a practice based in Paterson — had pleaded guilty in July 2013 to accepting bribes.

Prosecutors say 33 people — including 22 of doctors — have pleaded guilty in connection with the bribery scheme. Its organizers have admitted the scheme involved millions of dollars in bribes and resulted in more than $100 million in payments to BLS from Medicare and various private insurance companies.

The investigation has recovered more than $10.3 million so far through forfeiture.

Several people connected with the lab have pleaded guilty, including president and part-owner David Nicoll and his brother, Scott, a senior employee.

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